Baby killer Ineta Dzinguviene
extradited over Lithuania death
Sptember 26, 2012
woman jailed for murdering her newborn son in Scotland has been
extradited to face allegations that she killed her baby daughter
Ineta Dzinguviene killed the baby boy using
plastic food wrapping on the day he was born in Fraserburgh.
The baby, later named Paulius Dzingus, was
found in a bag in April 2010.
The BBC Scotland news website has learned
Dzinguviene was extradited earlier this month.
Extradition had previously been contested on
the basis that she has a mental illness for which she could not
get adequate treatment in Lithuania.
However, Edinburgh Sheriff Court then heard
last month that assurances had been received that she could
receive treatment, and the process to hand her over began.
The 26-year-old was jailed for a minimum of 15
years at the High Court in Glasgow last June.
Passing sentence, judge John Beckett QC told
Dzinguviene she would serve at least 15 years for the "wicked"
murder of a "defenceless and extremely vulnerable" child.
She had been found guilty following a trial at
the High Court in Livingston.
BBC Scotland later revealed that the Lithuanian
authorities had sent a European arrest warrant to Scotland in
connection with the death of a baby girl in Lithuania.
'Wicked' mother, 26,
suffocated her baby son with clingfilm within hours of his birth
By Grant McCabe - DailyMail.co.uk
June 10, 2011
A mother who murdered her
newborn son by smothering him with clingfilm was jailed for life
Ineta Dzinguviene, 26, killed
Paulius by placing the plastic wrap over his nose and mouth then
put a carrier bag on his head and hid his body in a holdall.
She had managed to hide her
pregnancy from new friends in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, after
moving from Lithuania.
Today she returned to the dock
after being convicted of murder after a harrowing trial last
Her QC claimed Dzinguviene
'still could not explain' what happened to her son.
Judge John Beckett QC sentenced
Dzinguviene, who is wanted in her homeland for a similar killing,
to life behind bars. Prosecutors in the Baltic state want to
question her over the death of a newborn girl two years ago.
The mother wept as the judge
told her there was 'no justification for such a dreadful crime'.
He added: 'This was an innocent
child - your own baby who was no more than a few hours old.
'He was wholly defenceless and
extremely vulnerable. He should have been protected and nurtured
by you and instead you killed him.'
A jury last month heard how the
killer’s husband Arunas Dzingus claimed not to know his wife was
expecting. He instead believed she was just overweight.
Dzinguviene gave birth to her
son at Fraserburgh Hospital on April 12 last year. He weighed 6lb
However, the mother, who already
had three children, quickly took him home and murdered the boy
She placed the body in a holdall
which was dumped behind a roll of carpet in the close of the flats
where she lived.
Police found the corpse after
being alerted by Dzinguviene’s sister-in-law and a friend, who
knew she had been pregnant and feared she had harmed the child.
The killer fled soon after but
officers found her 17 miles away in Peterhead.
The court heard that, despite
what she had done, she appeared 'happy and relaxed' when they
Frances McMenamin, defending,
today said what made the murder 'difficult to understand' was that
Dzinguviene was 'devoted' to her three other children.
The QC added: 'She accepts in
the light of the evidence that the jury’s verdict was inevitable.
'However, she still cannot
understand, far less explain, what happened. There is nothing in
her personal life that she wishes to use as any kind of excuse.
'She knows that she faces many
years in prison. The greatest punishment for her is the prolonged
separation and the high risk of complete alienation from her
Judge Beckett told Dzinguviene,
who will serve at least 15 years behind bars, there was nothing to
suggest there was anything that 'affected responsibility' for her
He added: 'You took your baby
home and concealed his birth from your family. You then
deliberately ended his life - for reasons that you have still not
'Even if there were some
difficulties in your relationship with your husband and his
family, not least because of the long hours he worked, he and his
family were offering you practical support with your three
'Your husband told the jury he
did not object to having another child and he would have welcomed
another addition to the family. You could have asked your family
to look after baby Paulius or you could have sought to have him
'There is no justification at
all for the dreadful crime you committed.
'The judge said he accepted
being in a foreign jail would be difficult for her, but that it
was brought about by her "own wicked actions".'
Prosecutors in Lithuania want to
question Dzinguviene over the death of a newborn girl in 2009.
Reports in the country claim she
gave birth to a baby girl in that year only for the child to
vanish after she took her home.
It is alleged after the family
left for Scotland, workmen found a dark blue suitcase in the attic
of their old home and threw it in a skip.
The case was said to have been
discovered by a woman, who found the baby’s body inside.
'Wicked' mother gets life for
smothering newborn in clingfilm
June 9, 2011
A "wicked" mother who smothered amd killed her
newborn baby was jailed for life yesterday.
Ineta Dzinguviene murdered her son Paulius just
hours after he was born on 12 April last year, holding a piece of
clingfilm over his face until he suffocated.
She then attempted to dispose of his body by
stuffing it into a holdall and hiding it amongst piles of rubbish
in the a communal stairway in a block of flats in Fraserburgh,
Last night, her mother-in-law said Dzinguviene
had drugged the child's father and practised "black magic."
The Lithuanian is wanted for questioning in her
native country over the death of her other daughter in 2009.
The infant had suffered a "violent death", a
spokesman for the Lithuanian prosecutor general's office said and
a European arrest warrant has now been issued for the 26-year-old.
Passing sentence at the High Court in Glasgow
yesterday, judge John Beckett QC told Dzinguviene she would serve
at least 15 years for the "wicked" murder of a "defenceless and
extremely vulnerable" child.
She denies having any knowledge of killing her
baby, saying her last memory was lying on her bed with the newborn
child.Dzinguviene wiped tears from her face as the judge delivered
He told her: "Your victim was an innocent
child, your own baby, who was no more than a few hours old when
you ended his life by smothering him with clingfilm.
"As a newborn baby, he was wholly defenceless
and extremely vulnerable. He should have been protected and
nurtured by you. Instead, you killed him and the jury determined,
correctly, that this was murder."
The judge said that whilst there had been
difficulties in her relationship with her husband, he and his
family were prepared to offer support for her other children.
He continued: "Your husband told the jury he
did not object to having another child and would have welcomed an
addition to the family. You could have asked your family to look
after baby Paulius or sought to have him adopted.
"There is no justification at all for the
dreadful crime you committed. You gave birth and allowed him to
feed from your own breast. You took him home, concealing his birth
from your family. You then deliberately ended his life.
"You have brought these circumstances about
through your own wicked actions."
Yesterday, Vilda Dzinguviene, Palius's
grandmother, claimed her daughter-in-law had practised black magic
and drugged the child's father.
She said: "I became anxious seeing such a huge
number of candles (in their house]. I asked my grandchildren what
it was all about.
"They told me their mother lit all the candles,
walked around the room and spoke in a strange language like
witchcraft. I found some books and magazines on black magic
Fraserburgh 'murder' baby
'died of suffocation
May 5, 2011
newborn baby whose corpse was found in a holdall in Fraserburgh
died of suffocation, a murder trial has heard.
Ineta Dzinguviene, 26, a Lithuanian national,
denies asphyxiating her son with clear plastic food wrapping on
the day he was born.
Forensic pathologist Dr James Grieve told the
High Court in Livingston his opinion was the cause of death was
He added: "A child less than a day old cannot
Ms Dzinguviene is alleged to have murdered the
baby, later named Paulius Dzingus, in the Aberdeenshire fishing
port's High Street on 12 April last year.
Dr Grieve carried out a post mortem on Paulius
two days after the alleged murder.
He told the jury that he found there was
nothing "abnormal" about the baby during tests.
Dr Grieve said: "As a result of our post mortem
we are of the opinion the baby died of asphyxia".
He then identified in court, cling film which
he found in the holdall where the baby was found.
'Hold it there'
Advocate depute Dorothy Bain QC, prosecuting,
asked: "If you were to put a piece of that over a baby's nose or
mouth for a period of time would it prove difficult to breath?"
Dr Grieve replied: "Yes. Absolutely. It's very
difficult to get off and we cannot breath through this sort of
material. With this over someone's mouth for a period of time
there is going to be asphyxia or smothering."
He read further from the report and said there
was "nothing in the history of the baby's delivery which would
suggest he would not survive".
Ms Bain asked: "If you were to hold cling film
over a baby's nose or mouth how quickly would it suffocate?"
Dr Grieve said: "If you hold it there for two
to three minutes it would almost certainly suffocate."
Ms Bain then asked: "Would you require some
force holding it on an infant?"
Dr Grieve replied: "No. All you have to do is
hold it there. The nature of these substances is they hold them
self there, almost. You don't require much force.
"A child less than a day old cannot fight back.
You just have to put the substance there."
The court also heard from Grampian Police Sgt
Steven McEwan who found Ms Dzinguviene the day after the alleged
He said he found her sitting on a bench in
Peterhead, after being told she might be in the area.
He said: "She seemed cheerful and was smiling.
She didn't seemed distressed in anyway."
She agreed to go to Aberdeen Maternity Hospital
to be assessed.
Pc Lesley Carmichael, who went with her, said
Ms Dzinguviene was asked by a hospital midwife if she had given
birth to a baby.
Ms Dzinguviene replied that her husband had
said she was a bad mother and that she'd killed her baby - but she
insisted she had not given birth.
Pc Carmichael said she became "weepy" and began
Local doctor Peter Duffus assessed Ms
Dzinguviene's mental and physical state the next day and also said
she was "weepy".
In his final report he wrote: "It was my
opinion that she was fit to be detained overnight and was fit to
attend court the next day. She would require psychiatric
assessment in due course."
Murder trial jury shown picture of dead baby
April 28, 2011
jury has been shown a picture of a dead baby boy who was found
with a plastic bag over his head next to a cardboard box by a
The picture was shown at the trial of Ineta
Dzinguviene, 26, who is alleged to have asphyxiated her newborn
son with clear plastic food wrapping.
The image was displayed on TV screens at the
High Court in Livingston.
Ms Dzinguviene denies murder and attempting to
pervert the course of justice.
Grampian Pc Graeme Smith, 32, said he found the
body of a baby boy in a common hallway on Fraserburgh High Street
on 12 April 2010, as he was trying to contact Ms Dzinguviene after
police received reports about a baby.
He said on entering the block of flats he rang
the door where Ms Dzinguviene stayed but only three young children
Dorothy Bain QC, prosecuting, asked: "Were you
trying to establish if there was a baby on the premises?"
He replied: "Yes."
He said he looked around the flat and could see
no sign of the baby, and planned to go and check the bins outside
the flat, but first looked in an alcove on the stairs.
He said: "There was a cardboard box and a bin
bag on top with clothes inside.
"On top of the bag was a blue canvas bag. I
lifted it up and placed it on the cardboard box.
"It was pretty heavy. There was another blanket
covering it, and I contacted a detective constable to let them
know the blanket was from the maternity hospital.
"I opened it and within another plastic bag I
saw the skin of a baby. I saw the chest area. There was a plastic
bag over the baby's head. It was a disposable bag rolled up. It
looked like a Tesco bag."
He said the baby was wearing a hat with ties
under the chin. He said he then called an ambulance.
Ms Bain said: "I understand that following an
examination the life of the baby was declared extinct."
Pc Smith replied: "Yes. Life was pronounced
extinct so the ambulance left and it was pronounced a crime
He said scene of crime officers came to take
pictures of the house, as well as to take videos.
Ms Bain then told the jury she would show a
video, which would show the crime scene and the baby.
Judge John Beckett QC told the jury: "I'd just
like to warn you to be prepared as it's a baby you're going to
Earlier, a 10-year-old girl - who cannot be
named for legal reasons - told the jury she was ordered to leave a
room after seeing Ms Dzinguviene "wrapping something up" under a
bed on the day of the alleged murder.
The primary six pupil, who gave evidence over a
CCTV link, said: "She was wrapping something. It was transparent
like clingfilm. She was kneeling on the floor next to the bed.
"When she saw me she held the clingfilm as if
she was trying to hide it. This was all I saw and she told me to
"She was cross. She said not to tell anyone
that I knew she had gone to the hospital."
The girl said the next day she overheard a
discussion between Ms Dzinguviene and a relative, where the
accused was asked: "Where's the baby?"
The girl said she told her relative: "I don't
have a baby."
Fraserburgh baby death: Mother denies murder
April 26, 2011
A woman has gone on trial
accused of murdering her baby son on the day he was born, by
Ineta Dzinguviene, 26, denies asphyxiating the
newborn - later named Paulius Dzingus - by using clear plastic
She is also accused of hiding the corpse in a
bag in a bid to evade justice after the child's death in
Fraserburgh in April 2010.
Ms Dzinguviene went on trial at the High Court
She is alleged to have murdered the baby in the
Aberdeenshire fishing port's High Street on 12 April last year.
The accused is Lithuanian and is being assisted
by a translator.
MacAtasney told the court Ms Dzinguviene lived in a flat with her
husband and three young children.
Mr MacAtasney said that on the day in question
the accused had knocked on his door.
He said: "She was rubbing her belly and I
couldn't really understand what she was saying as she was speaking
in broken English. She looked distressed.
"She seemed pregnant and I thought she was
going into labour.
"I went and called an ambulance."
Mr MacAtasney said his girlfriend stayed with
Ms Dzinguviene on the landing, until two ambulance workers arrived
He added: "They rushed her into the flat. I
thought I'd done my part from there. I didn't speak to her again
Mr MacAtasney said he helped to look after Ms
Dzinguviene's children, as there was nobody to look after them
when she was taken to hospital.
He told the jury he later got a phone call from
the hospital asking him if he would come and collect Ms
Dzinguviene and her baby.
Mr MacAtasney said: "She had a child wrapped in
a blanket, and thanked me for taking her home. She didn't show me
the baby, but I could see it.
"I couldn't tell if it was a boy or a girl but
I could see it moving. It was very little."
Mr MacAtansey's girlfriend, Hannah Paterson,
23, said she was at the window with two of Ms Dzinguviene's young
children when she saw Ms Dzinguviene return.
She said: "She was carrying her child in a
white blanket. I thought her kids seemed excited about their mum
"I was speaking to her older daughter and she
said she wanted a new sister."
Ms Paterson said she thought it was "odd" when
Ms Dzinguviene walked straight past her when she came into the
flat and did not speak to her, or show her the baby when she came
She added: "Personally, if that was me I would
be showing the baby off, not hiding away."
Dorothy Bain QC, prosecuting, asked: "Did you
see her show the baby to the children?"
Ms Paterson replied: "No. She said thank you
for helping out but tried to 'shoo' us out the house. We were
standing in the hallway and it was as if she was moving us towards
the front door.
"We got the sense she didn't want us to be
there any longer as she didn't show us the baby."
HMA V INETA DZINGUVIENE
At the High Court in Glasgow Judge
Beckett sentenced Ineta Dzinguviene to life imprisonment after she
was found guilty of murdering her son on the 12 April 2010 in
Fraserburgh. The punishment part of the sentence was fixed at 15
On sentencing Judge Becket made the
following statement in court:
“Ineta Dzinguviene, you have been found guilty of murder and the
punishment is fixed by law. You will be sentenced to life
imprisonment. I am obliged to fix a period of time which you must
serve in custody before being considered for parole.
In fixing this period, known as a punishment
part, I must reflect the need to punish you for the crime of
murder and to deter you and others from committing murder. In
fixing the punishment part of your sentence the law requires me to
ignore the risk that you may pose to the public in the future.
In fixing this period I am obliged to take
account of the seriousness of the crime of which you have been
Your victim was an innocent child, your own
baby, who was no more than a few hours old when you ended his life
by smothering him with clingfilm. As a newborn baby he was wholly
defenceless and extremely vulnerable. He should have been
protected and nurtured by you. Instead, you killed him and the
jury determined, correctly, that this was murder.
You did this while your young daughter was
listening outside the bedroom door, puzzled by the sound of a baby
crying. You abandoned your baby’s body in a holdall which you
secreted amongst unwanted rubbish.
You have not sought to put forward your family
circumstances as mitigation, but I have taken account of what is
contained in the social work report, in so far as it was not in
clear conflict with the evidence in the trial.
Whilst you had not been long in this country
you were not unsupported. Even if there were some difficulties in
your relationship with your husband and his family, not least
because of the long hours that he worked, he and his family were
offering you practical support with your three children. Your
husband told the jury that he did not object to having another
child and that he would have welcomed an addition to your family.
You could have asked your family to look after baby Paulius or
you could have sought to have him adopted. There is no
justification at all for the dreadful crime which you committed.
You gave birth and allowed your baby to feed from your breast.
You took him home, concealing his birth from your family. You then
deliberately ended his life, for reasons which you have still not
Both the Crown and your own lawyers have
investigated the possibility that you suffered from a mental
disorder which might cast light on why you committed this crime.
Those investigations included the seeking of advice from a
peri-natal psychiatrist, but there is no information to suggest
that there was anything which affects your responsibility for your
It is difficult to find mitigation in these
circumstances. I do however take account of everything said on
your behalf by Miss McMenamin. I note that you have no previous
convictions. I accept from the evidence that I heard in the trial
that you had been a good mother to your three children. It is to
your credit that you brought up your eldest daughter from such a
I recognise the impact that the commission of
this crime, and your punishment for it, will have on you and your
children. I recognise that being sentenced to imprisonment in a
country far from your homeland, and your sisters, will be
particularly difficult for you. However, you have brought these
consequences about through your own wicked actions.
In these circumstances, the punishment part
will be one of fifteen years. That will be backdated to 15 April
This does not mean that this is a sentence of
fifteen years. You are sentenced to life imprisonment and you
will serve at least fifteen years before you can be considered for
release on parole. It will be for the Parole Board to determine
when you will ultimately be released and regard will be had to the
safety of the public in reaching that decision.
You also become subject to automatic listing in
terms of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.
Ineta Dzinguviene, 25.
forensics officers arrive at the flats in Fraserburgh where the
was on April 12, 2010.